by Chris Ware
Well, if you're only going to read one comic book this year... then you are going to have to steer clear of this one! That's because Building Stories is a box set of fourteen separate comics pieces, including two hardcover books, pamphlet style comics, accordion fold-outs, newspapers, flip books, a gameboard-esque piece, and more (check out the accompanying illustrations to get an idea). In his relentless quest to up the ante of what comics are capable of pulling off, Mr. Ware has pulled out the stops, called in the reserves, and put the Acme Novelty Company on a wartime footing to forge this massive meditation on the parallels between the three-dimensional interior spaces in which Americans of the comic-reading variety spend most of their lives and the two-dimensional spaces onto which our interior selves are projected in the form of comics characters. This colossal effort has, in turn, inspired the editors of The Comics Journal to go town in celebrating its release by assembling a high-powered coterie of critics to deconstruct this multifaceted architectural artifact. So, you have the option of heading straight there to start digging in, or (the Copacetic recommendation) waiting until you yourself have spent some quality time of your own with this massive project before heading over to TCJ to compare notes. Either way, get ready for a comics experience like none other.
Chris sez: "After years of sporadic work on other books and projects and following the almost complete loss of his virility, it’s here: a new graphic novel by Chris Ware. Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other’s company another minute; and the building’s landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason."
retail price - $50.00Purchase Building Stories online, HERE.
copacetic price - $44.44
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